Loughner sentenced over Arizona gun attack

Thursday 08 November 2012 23.51
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Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty in the Arizona shooting
Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty in the Arizona shooting
Gabrielle Giffords attended the hearing
Gabrielle Giffords attended the hearing

Convicted Tucson gunman Jared Loughner has been sentenced to seven consecutive life terms plus 140 years in prison for killing six people and wounding 13 others, including former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, in a rampage last year.

Loughner, 24, a college dropout with a history of psychiatric disorders, was handed the sentence following a plea deal with prosecutors in August that spared him the death penalty.

Ms Giffords was in court to hear the verdict.

The sentencing marked the first time that victims confronted Loughner in court about the January 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona.

The 24-year-old had pleaded guilty three months ago to 19 federal charges under an agreement that guarantees he will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Both sides reached the deal after a judge declared that Loughner was able to understand the charges against him.

After the shooting, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and underwent forcible psychotropic drug treatments.